MARQUETTE- On Saturday's cool, crisp morning, a group of cheery faced friends and family came together to support a very special cause called Spokes of Hope, and what better way to do that then to bike ride along the Lake Superior shoreline in Marquette.
"Spokes of Hope is just a really wonderful thing that I'm so happy to be a part of," coordinator Mary Dowling said. "There is so much fundraising we do to keep the Beacon House running and this is just a fun event people do together to raise awareness of what we provide."
Spokes of Hope is geared toward addressing childhood obesity with healthy food choices for families to enjoy and to participate in a refreshing early morning exercise together. All the proceeds will benefit young families staying at The Beacon House in times of medical crisis.
Above, a group of friends and family get themselves in gear at Mattson Lower Harbor Park for the second annual Spokes of Hope family-friendly bike ride Saturday morning in Marquette. At left are shown some of the riders of all ages who came together to promote exercise and raise funds for Beacon House during thebike ride. (Journal photos by Jenna Thompson)
"This is our second year running and we have a great group of people participating," Dowling said. "We have three routes; for the youngest kids the ride is from Mattson Lower Harbor Park to the Picnic Rocks and back because we have a big bouncy house they're really excited to exercise and play in.
"For the bit more adventurous, the ride goes all the way to the gazebo at Presque Isle Park and back to the harbor and for the fitness gurus, the route goes all the way to Presque Isle and back into Marquette and then they follow the bike path all the way out to Harvey."
All participants received a Spokes of Hope cinch sack, a water bottle and three special recipes provided by Local chef Tom Wahlstrom of Elizabeth's Chop House. Riders were prepared special gourmet muffins and light breakfast treats, along with small pit stop snacks. At the end of the ride, they came together for a chicken taco lunch.
"This was just the ideal day for a safe ride, delicious food, family time and awareness for a healthy way of life." Dowling said.
Jenna Thompson can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.